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Can you tell me how can someone with a cleft palate (harelip) sound when speaking?

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Dr. Sanford Archer
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Hypernasal: People with cleft palates have a communication between their mouth and nose, allowing air ; voicing to escape when speaking, hence the hypernasal sounds and voice. Food and liquids can also escape into the nose which can be an embarrassment when eating or drinking. A "harelip" is a cleft lip, not a cleft palate although both can exist together.

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